California-based rock band Brightshine have released their emotionally vulnerable new single, “New Days” today. Written at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the song finds the band looking for the silver lining in even the darkest days, giving listeners hope for change and rebirth. Listen to it now below.
Of the song, singer, songwriter, producer and lead guitarist Pete Sawyer said, “‘New Days’ is a song about the possibility of change and rebirth we all possess individually and as a society. I wrote it a few months into the pandemic. I was practicing in my studio and I started to strum a chord progression that felt happy and upbeat even though I was neither of those things at the time!
The lyric sketches out fragments of a new reality where some old things die and new ones are reborn. This recording was the first song we did at our first session together after 8 months of shelter in place. The joyous energy of everyone not having played with humans in over a year is palpable on this recording. It’s always a rush to bring one of my songs to life in the studio but the feeling of doing it when you haven’t played music with anyone for 8 months was truly stupendous and you can definitely hear that in the recording of ‘New Days.'”
“New Days” is taken from Brightshine’s upcoming sophomore album, The Wire, out July 23rd. Born out of quarantine, the album showcases the band’s funky style and energizing rock-based roots. With most of the album recorded live off the floor of the studio, the group’s excitement in being able to play again after quarantine explodes out of the deep grooves kicked out by the band, while their innovative expansive sound plays like every note they hit is their last.